When ABC first announced its reboot of the ‘V’ franchise, I approached it with guarded optimism. I was a big fan of the original 1983 miniseries, though less so of the lousy 1984 sequel or the campy weekly series that followed. The concept is still pretty solid, and I hoped that a decent budget and modern visual effects could lead to something interesting. Then ‘Lost’ star Elizabeth Mitchell was cast, and I was sold. Sadly, the show turned out to be a pretty mediocre affair. Although I watched the entire first season, I found myself questioning why I bothered the further along it went. By the time of the season finale, I pretty much decided that I was done with it, despite the renewal notice from the network. Unfortunately for me, it looks like I may have to tune in again after all, because ABC has announced that both Jane Badler and Marc Singer will be joining the cast.
Things are right on track for NBC’s Thursday night comedies, though we’re left with some pretty interesting questions about some of the characters. More importantly, we’re left with one giant mystery: Do you hyphenate “father-pig” or does it become one word when said in that context?
This week’s ‘Walking Dead’ substantially ups the jaw-dropping “Wow” factor of the series several considerable notches. It begins with one of those great touching/gruesome moments that are quickly becoming the show’s hallmark.
One of the great things about ‘The Walking Dead’, which Entertainment Weekly just proclaimed “The Best New Show on Television,” is how unexpected it is, even if you’ve read a number of the comic books. Take the episode ‘Vatos’, which was written by the comic book’s creator Robert Kirkman (a giant, huggable bear of a man in real life). Things seem to play out as predicted at first: Grimes and the crew go back to the city to find the redneck (played by character actor firebrand Michael Rooker), while the other survivors stay in camp, catch various wildlife to cook (including, in an unexpectedly touching opening sequence, fish!) and make suspicious eyes at each other. But man, things do not exactly unfold as expected, either in the city or in the camp. It’s enough to think that Entertainment Weekly got it right.
‘Fringe’ was off last week due to the holiday. That’s fortunate for me, because it means I had time to catch up with it and write a recap before this week’s new episode. I hear that the show’s ratings haven’t been very good, and it may not get a fourth season. That would be a shame. While I’ve had my quibbles with some of the writing, this season has generally been the show’s best so far.
All of my recent traveling resulted in my falling behind in critical TV watching. Consequently, I’ve also fallen behind in recapping some of the shows I watch. So let’s do some quick catching up with ‘Glee’ before tonight’s new episode.
“Dumb guys go for dumb girls, and smart guys go for dumb girls? What do smart girls get?” This is Alex’s question when she finds out that Haley may be moving on to a new boy – her math tutor. Phil’s response, nearly under his breath, is “They get cats, mostly.”
In the midst of all the holiday hullabaloo, the good folks at Comedy Central gave us an early present in the form of a ‘Futurama’ Christmas special. Like that gift you get every year from your out-of-touch aunt, the intention was good even if the delivery was a little off.
There’s a moment, a bunch of issues into Robert Kirkman’s ‘Walking Dead’ comic book series, when our hero Rick Grimes looks directly at the reader. In a big two-page splash, he says, “WE are the Walking Dead!” This was the undercurrent of the comic book series that had always been there, now literally writ large. We see the beginnings of these undercurrents in this week’s episode, ‘Tell It to the Frogs’. It’s high on human melodrama and low on the shambling undead. But hey, we are the walking dead.
Last week’s NBC lineup was pretty disappointing, but the network turned around its game this week. It was all sunshine and lollipops and blanket forts. Seriously though, blanket forts.